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Frogs leap from Indonesian swamps to European tables

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The Indonesian frog vendor closes her eyes, asks Allah for his blessing, and with one swift strike of a cleaver, beheads the trembling creature. 

In this photograph taken on February 11, 2013, wild Indonesian frogs are sold at Bogor market, located in the western outskirts of Jakarta. Indonesia has become the world's biggest exporter of frogs, providing more than 80% of Europe's imports, almost all caught in the wild by village-style frog hunters.

Though diners in white table-clothed French brasseries may not know it, their frogs legs most likely come from the murky swamps of tropical Indonesia, caught by hunters in the dead of the night to be slaughtered and sold at local markets.

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